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Rotary District 5750 supports the great work of 36 active community-based clubs with nearly 2,000 Rotarians.  In addition to our clubs’ amazing and impactful work, our District also promotes incredible programs that enrich lives near and far. To find out more, check out www.rotary.org to find a club near you or peruse our club directory in the menu above to visit your nearest club this week!
 
DISTRICT 5750 NEWS

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to support the Rotary Clubs of District 5750 in their efforts to maintain engagement during times when many clubs have reduced in-person meetings, projects or social events. We have developed this guide with ideas and strategies for Club Leaders to consider. The following is an offering of support, not a requirement. Club Leaders are encouraged to consult with their boards to assess and determine which strategies will be useful on the local level.

None of these strategies is a replacement for timely, transparent and regular communication with your members about your plans to continue modified operations throughout this time. Be sure that all committee and office leaders in your club are equipped with consistent messaging to minimize confusion to your members and to streamline communications about changes as they arise. Consider sending brief weekly updates to your members or provide a timeline for when decisions will be reviewed and modified if necessary.

Have a great strategy that’s working for you? Send details to District Secretary Megan Law so it may be added to this guide and shared with others. 

View the complete guide Here: https://rotary5750.org/sitepage/maintaining-engagement

Mark Maloney, Rotary International President announced this evening the annual convention is canceled. The RI Board of Directors has decided to cancel the 2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. We are all part of the Rotary family, and your safety remains our highest priority. Like the more than 20,000 registrants who planned to attend this year’s convention, I am very disappointed. However, this is the right and necessary decision to protect the health and safety of convention attendees, as well as those who call Honolulu home.

At this point, we are unsure that Rotary could adequately protect convention-goers from the risk of COVID-19 infection en route to, during, and after the convention. We are also unsure if restrictions on travel to the United States will be lifted by June. We have heard from a number of you who voiced concerns about gathering at the convention this year. I also heard from many who were hopeful that we could continue with the convention as planned. The Board was very diligent and considered all the facts before taking this decision.
 

Rotary International leaders recommend following local, national, and WHO health advisories and cancelling or postponing in-person district and club meetings and events in the near term to reduce risk of transmission of the coronavirus:

Dear Fellow Rotarian,

The COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting every aspect of our lives in real time, and this puts Rotarians in an unfamiliar place. As People of Action, we are most comfortable when we are fully engaged in the world – moving freely, meeting openly, and offering helping hands. These are very difficult times for people who, like us, are at our best when we are learning, growing, and serving—together.

We are also leaders in our communities, and these times call for leadership. In many ways, this also is our time. We have proven abilities to reach out and collaborate to offer immediate help to people in need at a rapid pace. These are precisely the skills needed all over the world today. The global effort against COVID-19 depends on actions taken in every country. Rotary has the unique ability to help improve those efforts in every community and every country.

Spring is just around the corner and this is one of my favorite times of the year. It a period of a fresh beginning with nature and an end to “old man” winter; and in my case, spring gives me a rejuvenated attitude. Another reason I love this time of year is my passion for sports…spring baseball, March Madness in NCAA basketball and contending NBA teams start playing hard the entire game!

So, why not take this enthusiasm and bring it Rotary? We’re all passionate about being a Rotarian and we love what our clubs do to help our community and those around the globe. Let’s take this enthusiasm and spread the word of our efforts. Can’t you see the enthusiasm catching onto your fellow co-workers, neighbors and your spouse/partner? Invite them to your next club meeting, social event or fundraiser and share all the ‘good’; and see how Rotary is Connecting the World.

Let’s continue our efforts to Grow Rotary. We need to grow in service and our impact, but just as important growing membership. Attracting new members and engaging current Rotarians are vital; and it’s time to look at new club models, more membership types and expanding our efforts in Rotaract. Has your club considered broadening membership types, like corporate or family? Have you thought about adding a satellite club to expand the opportunity to bring in new members…a different time of the day, a different day, a different location? What else can you do to attract new members?

Thanks for all you do; and I look forward to seeing you at our Celebration Luau in April.

 

Yours in Rotary,

Lance Singleton
District Governor 2019-2020

 

FULL NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE HERE

We have all seen the disastrous fires that have erupted, taking lives as well as destroying hundreds of homes and properties across Australia.

Rotary is once again taking the lead and looking to provide support for families in need. To this end several Rotary Districts and Clubs have established projects which are ready and able to accept donations from you. All of those projects can apply for funds from this appeal.

Please donate to Rotary National Bushfires Appeal HERE

 
 
Attend the 2020 RI Convention!